Please vote for Finnegan “Rider” Wake.
Disabled characters need representation.
I’m in a wheelchair myself, and seeing that Rider even existed as a character was so wonderful to me. And then my next thought was how badly I wanted him to be made into a doll, but immediately my brain quashed that optimism with an “oh, they’d never make a disabled character.” Then (even if it may have been unintentional for her to be perceived as one since she’s so patently a living stereotype) Vandala Doubloon was spoiled, and I thought to myself, “Well if they’ll make a prosthetic character, why can’t they make a wheelchair-bound character?” And I got even more down about it. Disabled people are so invisible in media, and I didn’t think things would change anytime soon.
But now he’s up for vote for release in 2015, and yet I’m seeing people ranting about how badly Quill and Gory need to win.
If you will remember back in 2010 when they put things up for vote the first time, it was Headless Headmistress, Wydona, and Scarah. ALL OF THEM got made. Two were SDCC exclusives, sure, but only initially—they’ve both also seen more widespread release since that. Just because Quill and Gory don’t win, doesn’t mean they won’t be made.
Gory needs to be made, and Quill is cute enough to be a great doll. I do agree both dolls need to be made. I’m in full support of making all backgrounders, especially the Belfry Prep and Werewolf Academy characters.
But Rider is a disabled character. With a wheelchair.
Gory would have the same cast as the CAM Vampire. We have three vampire girls already (Draculaura, Elissabat, and the CAM Vampire). And we have multiple “little sister” dolls now (Howleen, Twyla, and the grim reaper girl from Haunted), as well as several girl dolls with wings. We do not have a disabled character yet!! This is so important!
This tag always prides itself for its vocal adherence to supporting the representation of ethnicity, sexuality, body positivity, etc. This is the first time Mattel has really stepped up to the plate to let us prove we can put our money where our mouths are. They let us down once before, after promising us Grimmily-Anne. Make it known the MH fanbase wants Mattel to make it possible to celebrate ALL freaky flaws, that we’re ALL perfectly imperfect.
Don’t let Rider down, Tumblr MH fandom.
I agree with you so hard- we need Finnegan right now for so many reasons. You mentioned most of them, and I just want to throw this in- male merpeople are hardly ever seen in doll form. In fact, I’ve never seen one (though I’m sure one must exist somewhere in the most obscure locations). Having a mainstream merperson as a doll will… I can’t even begin to describe how wonderful that’ll be.
I put the vote thing in my favorites bar and go once a day to vote. You guys should do that, too, because right now Gory is winning. I love Gory, too, but FFS, we have enough vampires! Come on, everyone- stuff those ballot boxes for our merboy! We can make it happen.
(P.S- thank you for reminding us that eventually all of them will be made. I feel a little better)
Some of y’all are complaining that Rider is winning the poll for the wrong reasons. They’re all going to be dolls, most likely, but the problem is that last time there was a poll two of them were SDCC releases. That’s a big problem when we want representation.
Is it nice to have an exclusive doll? Hell yeah. But I and many other people want Rider to be a doll because kids with disabilities could see him and be delighted. If Rider becomes a doll, he should be widely distributed so everyone can buy him. He shouldn’t be hoarded by those privileged enough to fly to a convention, or sold on eBay by scalpers for 200-300 bucks.
That’s the real worry here.
I agree- I want a Ryder doll so much, but if he’s a ComiCon release, the scalpers are going to snatch him up and demand big, BIG bucks for him.
So how do we let Mattel know about this issue? That’s what I want to know. Just tell me, and I’ll do it. I’ll cram their inboxes and Traditional mailboxes to the gills with letters if that’s what it takes.
mental illnesses and depression have such a negative stigma and some of the shit i’ve been reading about Robin Williams death is so insensitive, disrespectful, and wholly ignorant. for the people sending his family hate messages you are the scum of this earth.
mental illness is not something that is easily controllable. it’s an addiction. it’s a disease. have you ever lived in the mind of someone who was mentally ill? have you ever seen it destroy someone you love? it infests their conscious and subconscious. it is constantly with them. they are constantly berated by mental and psychological pain. and you see it in their face and their eyes. everyday. all the time. imagine. they become defined by this disease because it becomes them. mental illness is a tragedy.
this isn’t something that can be easily simplified, as to say “have strong faith and you’ll be happy” or “surround yourself with people” or “do things you love”. you can be and do all these things and still suffer from severe depression. and yes severe depression is a serious mental illness and should NOT be treated without feeling. there is NOTHING funny about mental illness. it is not a joke. it’s a sickness that can be as detrimental as cancer. depression is complex and complicated. it is a PSYCHOLOGICAL cancer. there is no simple solution because a simple solution DOES NOT EXIST.
Robin dedicated his life to making people’s souls laugh even when his couldn’t. and that takes an uncommon and beautiful kind of courage. rest well.
and to all those still suffering, keep fighting.
I said in my previous post that I’d explain, so here we go:
I got into a huge fight with an older fellow (well, he’s 60). He said some horrible things. He called Robin “weak, selfish, and cowardly”.
I asked him “how dare you? You have no idea what kind of pain he was carrying around” Then he got mad at me because he said “I HAD depression!” From what he’s told me, though, it was in High School and mostly had to do with being unpopular.
We got into a fight, he yelled at me, and I ended up getting out of the car and walking the rest of the way.
I just can’t stand people who have no clue about MI yet insist on telling people what’s “wrong with them”.
Selfish? So, dude, if you were on fire and a loved one said “No, don’t put it out; I like reading by firelight”, How would you like that? You’re basically saying “I’LL be sad if you leave, so I want you to stay here and suffer because ME ME ME. And I burned myself accidentally with an iron ten years ago.”
But seeing all of the Tumblr people reblogging and giving good, positive vibes and I no longer care what that man said. Sometimes I tease Tumblr about the political climate, but the Robin Williams love and solidarity that you’re displaying gives me hope. You understand that MI isn’t something he did lightly. The general atmosphere is like this- “Robin, I’ll miss you. I know you had your reasons and I have no idea what must have been like inside.” No judgement, just understanding.Thank you, Tumblr. It means a lot.